The Dead or Alive? website is offering a $10 "per head" reward for any name included on its "People Alive Over 85" page whose status – dead or alive – has been out of date for more than three days. (Click here to view the current roster of people alive over 85 as compiled by the Dead or Alive? website and click here for details regarding its $10 reward offer.) If you would like to be the first person to win $260, below are twenty-six individuals the site claims are alive who are actually deceased and have been for far longer than three days.
Below are two additional individuals the site lists as alive who have actually passed away. They're not on the "People Alive Over 85" page, however, so I'm not sure if the $10 reward applies.
In the case of the "People Alive Over 85" page, somebody is definitely monitoring and updating the listings. Most individuals are deleted from the page soon after they pass away and new people turning 85 are occasionally added. One has to wonder, therefore, why so many outdated listings – especially those of internationally acclaimed celebrities such as Joan Fontaine and Maureen O'Hara – are kept on. The heading of the "People Alive Over 85" page reads, "Yes, despite some skeptical emails received, all of the following people really are alive...yes, really." And yet, a quick Google search shows they're really not.
The "Instructions" page of the Dead or Alive? website contains the following blurb: "Keep in mind that in the last four years only one mistake has been discovered in the status of an individual listed on the site. That's the single most important and accurate piece of information included and the site is proud of that record. In the case referred to, the individual had died in obscurity and the news had not been widely disseminated."
The veracity of the above statement seems rather meaningless, I feel, considering that not just one, but at least twenty-eight of the listings on the site are wrong. As a webmaster myself, I've certainly experienced my share of mistakes, but I make a point to update my site as soon as I become aware of them.
If you're successful in collecting any part of the reward, please let me know. I'm not asking that you split it with me, however. Just the fact that you were able to get thru to the person or persons who monitor the site will be reward enough for me.
Webmaster, Noted Nonagenarians and Centenarians